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Tuscany is known worldwide for the strong bonds interlinking its
landscape, culture and products.
Doubtless, this is a fitting image that well evokes one of the fundamental
aspects of our region, often summed up in the phrase 'Tuscan lifestyle':
art, crafts, environment, food and wine are part of the same heritage,
in a cross-disciplinary mix of skills and learning worthy of our
great Renaissance forefathers, and to this day this is still the
cementing element of Tuscan culture and economy.
In Mugello, where 'Tuscan style' is still a genuine tradition rather
than a stereotype marketing brand, attentive visitors can still
perceive the subtle threads linking 'high' and 'applied' culture
in the many surviving traditional crafts whose techniques are lovingly
cherished and handed down from one generation to the next.
In the colourful stores and fascinating workshops of our craftsmen
there is still room to escape standardization and the modern-day
frenzied rush for 'disposable' items, while rediscovering the warm
feeling of natural materials and the sober elegance of ancestral
shapes that each time are reinvented with an ever surprising twist
Savouring the past and loving the future
Extra virgin olive oil, chestnuts, fruit and vegetables, cereals,
honey, berries, mushrooms... the genuine tastes of the past come
from a clean land that favours environment friendly and organic
farming, respectful of tradition and biodiversity.
Florence's vegetable garden
The many small- and medium-sized farms of the green Mugello valley
– which is increasingly and deservedly referred to as 'Florence's
vegetable garden' – provide the genuine seasonal ingredients
whose taste and freshness are enhanced by the old peasant recipes
of the Tuscan country cooking.